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Force sign up Brumbies prop Ma'afu

18/05/2011 10:22:45 PM Comments (0)

Wallabies prop Salesi Ma'afu has signed on with the Western Force for the next two Super Rugby seasons.

Ma'afu, 28, has notched 52 caps for the Brumbies and appeared in 10 Tests since making his Wallabies debut last year.

"I'm at the point in my career where I felt I needed a new challenge and a change in environment, first and foremost for rugby and also for my family," Ma'afu said.

"I enjoyed the six years in Canberra and think I have improved a lot as a player but saw a great opportunity in Perth with the Force and in the end it wasn't a hard decision.

"I'm looking forward to coming across and playing with some really high calibre players, and specifically in the forwards with the likes of Nathan Sharpe and the all-Wallabies backrow led by David Pocock.

"It was very appealing to see the mix of youth and experience and also the depth in the squad. (Coach) Richard Graham has a very clear plan where he wants to take this team."

Ma'afu will miss Saturday night's clash with the Force in Perth after fracturing his forearm in last week's loss to the Lions.

Former Australian Schoolboys prop Tetera Faulkner, 22, will also link up with the Force next season.

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